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Old 03-13-2012, 07:28 AM   #1
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how do I figure decreases for a hat?
I am knitting a hat 70 sts around and need to start my decreases for the crown. How do I figure them? This is a pattern that I made up and would like the top of the hat to look nice and neat when finished. The hat is Double knited so it will be reversible.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:31 AM   #2
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Usually you work in multiples of 10. Or if you want a faster decrease you could work in multiples of 7.

For 10, you'd work the first decrease row as k8, k2tog all the way around, and then knit a row even. On the next dec you'd work k7, k2tog, then k6, k2tog, etc. (with an even row between) until you get down to a few stitches that you'd pull your yarn through to close the top.

For multiple of 7, you'd start with k5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, etc., with an even row between.
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Thank you! Does this hold true for all knitting decreases,when not using a specific pattern?
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Yes, find the 2 numbers the sts are a multiple of - like 84 would be 7 and 12, 88 is 8 and 11, and so on - and use either number.
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Took me awhile to figure that out, too. Once you get it though you can make any size hat easily.
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Thank you all, you have been a great help
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